Coffee with Baldwinsville's Mayor: South Shore East Trail

— I asked Steve what has been the most difficult aspect of building the path, which will travel along Meadow Street and the Seneca River over Crooked Brook and to the park, and both he and Joe said the bridge over Crooked Brook.

“Getting across Crooked Brook has been no easy challenge,” Joe said, noting the pedestrian bridge the village acquired several years ago.

Before it could be installed, however, the village needed to complete requirements and obtain approval from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Army Corps of Engineers. One prerequisite required an archaeologist review specifically looking for Indian artifacts and an extinct grape fern, which was last seen 100 years ago along the area where the path will cross the brook. The bridge also has to be above the 100-year flood plane. Steve said the Department of Public Works used crushed sidewalk from the sidewalk repair program to elevate the path and the bridge so it is above the 100-year flood plane.

“We have it so there will be a nice transition up,” Steve said.

All that remains for the project’s completion, which is expected in the spring, is to create footing for the bridge then finish the walking surface, which will be similar to the Sergei Yevich Trail, but a little more conducive for pushing strollers and riding bikes.

“Our objective is to have work done this winter,” Steve said.

Other projects noted during our discussion included a possible docking opportunity for smaller vessels along Canal Park (Marble Street area), maintenance of village trees to maintain Tree City designation and developing rain gardens throughout the village to help with stormwater runoff into the river.

“I’m looking forward to working with Steve and the board is excited to have him on,” Joe said.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for me and I’m excited to be here,” Steve said adding that he has a great crew with the DPW.

Editor’s Note: In the Sept. 26 edition of Coffee with Baldwinsville’s Mayor, Michael Randall referred to filled potholes as speed bumps. Randall was referring to the filled potholes on Edgewood, not Smokey Hollow Road, as reported. Mayor Saraceni and Editor Wisneski are scheduled to meet for coffee at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Canton Woods Senior Center, 76 Canton Street, B’ville. Community members are welcome to join them for coffee and address your concerns about the village with the mayor or send your questions to editor@baldwinsvillemessenger.com and Editor Wisneski will ask the mayor for you.

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